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pink desert rose flower

How to Care For a Desert Rose Plant

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Desert Rose in Garden

When I was given this flowering plant as a gift I was told it was a Plumeria. After seeing this same plant at the local Home Depot store, I discovered it was a Desert Rose. But before I knew what it was, I had taken it out of the original pot and put it into a sunny location in the backyard.

Sun is exactly what this flowering plant craves. The only problem was that it doesn’t need a lot of water. In fact, the less water the better – like a succulent, because that is really what it is.

At the time I planted it, we were have a long dry spell here in Florida. The Desert Rose did well. I avoided watering it when I watered the hibiscus next to it, and the plant even sent out new buds, which you can see blooming at the bottom of the stalk.

But, Florida is a tropical place, and I knew the rains would be coming. The Desert Rose also can’t handle cold temperatures (below 40 degrees F), and it does get cold in central Florida in winter.

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Dug up and potted

I finally decided the Desert Rose needed to be in a pot. That way I could leave it outside for the sun, but bring it in during rainstorms and for the cold winter nights.  When I potted it, I had to give it water, but I haven’t watered it since.

It seems to be a very hardy plant, as I’ve dug it up and put it back into a pot. I think the key here is to NOT GIVE IT WATER. And I haven’t.

I’ve killed some really nice succulents by over-watering.  It can be tough to not water something when in general plants need plenty of water.  And, it seems to me that the Desert Rose (adenium) is not native to Florida.  Florida has no deserts.   This one will have to stay a houseplant if I hope for it to survive.

These plants develop a very thick “stem” or caudex (see them in the photo below).  This is the part that holds in the water to keep the plant thriving in drought conditions.  It is a succulent shrub and can grow quite large outdoors.

thick caudex stem of desert rose
The thick “stems” of the Desert Rose plant (photo credit: Pixabay)

The Desert Rose can be called by other names.   It is similar in appearance to the plumeria / frangipani tree and Oleander.  The plant is often easy to recognize because of it’s extremely thick stem.

Be aware that this plant contains poisonous sap.   It may not be a good choice as a houseplant for families with young kids for this reason.

I found a lot of articles about this plant at the TipsPlants.com site.  I will reference these articles if I ever get seed pods and maybe I will try to propagate it.

blue hydrangeas poster

5 Free Pictures of Blue Hydrangeas

Because my blog is mainly about hydrangea plants and flowers, I thought I’d bring to attention some pictures of blue hydrangea flowers that are free to use as you please. Download any size on the Pixabay site  (click on the image to view the page at their site) and use on your blog, website, stationery, and printables. These pictures can also be used commercially, with no need to give credit to the photographer, or site. Of course they would love it if you do.
I’ll also do other colors like green, pink and white. (Coming soon.)  In a few months I should have some photos of my own to add.
Here you go.   Click the image if you can use it yourself.   Continue reading 5 Free Pictures of Blue Hydrangeas

The Most Popular Item in My BlueHyd Store

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Invitation Postage With Light Blue Hydrangeas

Ever since I’ve shut down my main blog New England’s Narrow Road (due to busyness), I have been posting everything nature oriented here.  So I can get a bit off track from the theme of hydrangeas which is what this blog is about.  Sorry about that.  But hydrangea loving people tend to be gardeners as well, so I think most readers won’t mind.

In my life I have two seasons each year.  The gardening season and the creating season.  In summer I grow the flowers that I will photograph and use to create stationery for my BlueHyd store.  All winter I spend Continue reading The Most Popular Item in My BlueHyd Store

Organizing Pictures of Hydrangeas

hydrangea cutting in vase

With the busy gardening time of summer over I am not surprised that readers are scarce on my hydrangea blogs. My blog posts are pretty scarce too. I took a bunch of photos as my new hydrangeas grew and flowered over the summer and into fall, but they did not all get organized into the correct Picasa folders.

Today I came across a page at Wizzley, where I write also, and decided to add more photos to that page. As I was trying to do that I had to go search for the pictures I wanted. That, of course, led me to get all the pictures from summer organized for ease of use next season.

Organization is so important in all areas of life and many of us struggle with it. Once it’s looking good, I always feel so much better.
Oh, this photo is one of the cuttings I rooted in a vase and then planted out in the yard this Fall. I’ll have to wait until Spring to see if they will grow. My fingers are crossed, and if they do, I’ll have two (I think) new little hydrangea shrubs.

Those who garden always have something new to look forward to!